The Church Of The Thessalonians

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According to First Thessalonians 1:1, Paul, along with the help of Silvanus and Timothy, wrote this letter to the church of the Thessalonians. This letter came after Paul had spent time in Thessalonica and was written in place of another visit to the city itself. Paul sent this letter to address certain issues that were occurring at the time in the church of Thessalonica. At the time, Thessalonica was the capital city of the Roman province of Macedonia with a population over 100,000. Due to its harbor, as well as its location on the Egnatian Way, was strategically located to help expand the gospel. In terms of religion, most people followed the Greco-Roman pantheon and the imperial cult, but there were also significant followings of both Egyptian cults and Judaism. The account in Acts 17:1-10 places Paul’s stay in Thessalonica during his second missionary journey. Paul, and those on the journey with him, stayed in Thessalonica for at least three Sabbaths (Acts 17:2). During this stretch of time, through his preaching in the synagogue, Paul was able to persuade some Jews, Greeks, and leading women to join his cause (Acts 17:4). However, the Jews did not like this and drove Paul and Silas out of the city (Acts 17:5-10). Not only did this cause trouble for Paul, but it also brought difficulty on a relatively new Christian community. Paul’s letters also detail his stay in Thessalonica. He states, “For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked day and night,
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